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Sotheby’s and K11 Group Present: Sotheby’s Hong Kong 2021 Autumn Auctions Preview at K11 Musea

Hong Kong

Wong Kar Wai X Sotheby’S – A Modern Art Collaboration

“Heartbreak Tango – Yellow Jacket”
“Best Director” Award Winner at the 50th Cannes Film Festival
Iconic costume as seen in Happy Together
Pays Tribute to Legendary Pop Icon Leslie Cheung’s Memorable Look

©Jet Tone Films, Image by Wing Shya

Showcasing Over 40 Modern and Contemporary Works by Western And Asian Masters

Auguste Rodin’s Marble Masterpiece: Napoléon Enveloppé Dans Son Réves
Kazuo Shiraga’s Post-Gutai Period Creation: Yougen

Auguste Rodin, Napoléon Enveloppé dans Son Rêve, Marble, Height: 70cm, Carved 1904-1909, Estimate: HK$70,000,000 - 90,000,000
Kazuo Shiraga, Yougen, oil on canvas, 130 x 194cm, 2003, Estimate:HK$8,000,000 - 12,000,000

Into the World of Luxury Fine Jewellery, Watches, Collectible Sneakers and Luxury Handbags

Sotheby’s Launches its First Sneaker Sale in Asia Highlighting the Ultra-Rare Nike Dunk SB Low “Yellow Lobster” Sample

Auction Preview: Saturday, 18 September – Tuesday, 21 September 2021
605, 6F, K11 Art & Cultural Centre, K11 Musea

HONG KONG, 13 SEPTEMBER 2021 – This autumn, Sotheby’s and K11 Group will collaborate once again between 18 and 21 September to showcase Sotheby’s Hong Kong 2021 Autumn Auctions Preview at K11 MUSEA, the ‘Silicon Valley of Culture’ in Hong Kong, presenting highlights from Sotheby’s September and October auctions. In line with K11 Group’s mission to promote a diverse variety of art and cultural experiences, K11 MUSEA as it stands atop the site formerly known as New World Centre, has pioneered the development of the Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront into a creative hub integrating culture and retail for the community. Today, K11 MUSEA is a world-class cultural-retail destination located in the heart of Victoria Dockside and connected to the Avenue of Stars, a landmark honouring Hong Kong’s vibrant cinematic talents. Championing museum-grade art and culture within its walls, it is, therefore, the most befitting platform to showcase Sotheby’s exceptional auction highlights and the legacy of the Hong Kong film industry.

Wong Kar Wai x Sotheby’s – A Modern Collaboration

A hot topic since its official announcement last week - Wong Kar Wai, one of modern cinema’s most influential film directors, will join the Sotheby's Modern Art Auctions in October, together presenting an unprecedented collection. The K11 MUSEA preview will be the first to publicly showcase the iconic "Heartbreak Tango – Yellow Jacket", which will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s Modern Art Evening Sale on 9 October. The leather jacket was worn by leading actor Leslie Cheung in the film Happy Together (1997), which won Best Director at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, marking the first time a Chinese director had won this award. Depicting the love story of a male couple living in Argentina and starring the legendary Cheung as Ho Po-Wing, the film was groundbreaking at the time. Scenes showing Cheung wearing the leather jacket remain a classic icon for fans, and the jacket, which has been preserved in the Jet Tone Archive since the release of the film 25 years ago, is in excellent condition. In addition, the preview will also showcase "Happy Together | WKW x Jet Tone Films 30th Anniversary", a dedicated sale of collectibles from the Jet Tone Archive. Each item comes with a certificate signed by Wong, encapsulating a symbolic moment in his oeuvre.

A Feast in Art and Creativity

The four-day preview will feature over 40 pieces of modern and contemporary art by Asian and Western masters including Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Lin Fengmian, Zao Wou-Ki, Chu Teh-Chun, Bernard Buffet, Georges Mathieu, Fernando Zobel, Kazuo Shiraga, George Condo and Yoshitomo Nara, while also including an exciting collection of works by market darlings such as Louis Fratino, Joel Mesler and Avery Singer. For modern art, all eyes are on Auguste Rodin's sculpture Napoléon Enveloppé dans Son Réveéves. Created between 1904 and 1909, this marble work is regarded as one of the rarest and most legendary marble sculptures by Rodin to be ever offered at auction. Amongst the highlights for contemporary art is the exuberant masterpiece, Yougen, by Kazuo Shiraga, hailing from the post-Gutai period in 2003. A dynamic example of the artist’s gestural, action-based painting, Yougen is executed in beastly lacerations of red, purple and blue, one of the most charged, exhilarating palettes from the artist’s highly acclaimed foot-painting lexicon.

Zao Wou-Ki, 11.06.93, Oil on canvas, 130 by 97 cm, 1993, Estimate: HK$13,000,000 - 20,000,000 (Modern Art Evening Sale, 9 October)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, La couseuse, Oil on canvas, 65 by 54 cm, 1875, Estimate: HK$30,000,000 - 50,000,000 (Modern Art Evening Sale, 9 October)
Fernando Zobel, Lessona, Oil on canvas, 81.5 by 100 cm, 1959, Estimate: HK$2,000,000 – 3,000,000 (Modern Art Evening Sale, 9 October)
Louis Fratino, Tristan Dancing, Venus Oil and crayon on canvas, 35.9 by 27.9 cm, 2017, Estimate: HK$600,000-900,000 (Contemporary Art Evening Sale, 9 October)
Joel Mesler, Untitled (Hope and Dreams) Pigment on Linen, 177.8 x 127 cm, 2019, Estimate: HK$500,000 -700,000 (Contemporary Art Evening Sale, 9 October)
Avery Singer, Untitled Acrylic on canvas mounted on board, 102.1 by 114.3 cm, 2018, Estimate: HK$2,000,000 - 4,000,000 (Contemporary Art Day Sale, 10 October)

Into the World of Luxury

Fashionistas and tastemakers alike will be immersed into a world of luxury, as selected pieces from the jewellery, watches, sneakers and handbags sales will be on display. Highlights of this section includes a magnificent Harry Winston diamond necklace. Weighing a total of 177.51 carats, this necklace is a masterpiece of true opulence. Designed as a cascade of diamonds, the nine graduated pear-shaped stones at the front, all D-colour and Internally Flawless, have been meticulously selected to match the standard of quality that is paramount to the Harry Winston brand. The necklace is featured in the upcoming “Diamonds: The Dazzling ∞” live sale on 24 September, and will be auctioned with cryptocurrency as an accepted method of payment. Other pieces include: a brand-new platinum and diamond-set Patek Philippe reference 5307, featuring the instantaneous perpetual calendar, minute repeater and tourbillon. Introduced in 2013 and only available for 2 short years, the wristwatch is an extremely rare example that is highly sought after; as well as a Hermès Alligator Birkin Touch 30 and a Hermès Mini Picnic Kelly along with an exciting selection of 20 luxury handbags in a variety of skins, sizes and colors.

Harry Winston | Diamond Necklace (Diamonds weighing 177.00 carats in total, nine pear-shaped D Internally Flawless diamonds weighing 67.51 carats in total), Estimate: HK$36,000,000 – 46,000,000 (“Diamonds: The Dazzling ∞”, 24 September)
Kröller-Müller Museum | Pair of Diamond Earrings Estimate: HK$150,000 – 250,000 (No Reserve) (Magnificent Jewels I, 12 October)
Cartier | ’Panthere' Diamond, Onyx and Emerald Ring Estimate: HK$800,000 – 1,500,000 (Magnificent Jewels I, 12 October)
F. P. Journe Tourbillon Remontoir d' Egalite A limited edition platinum tourbillon wristwatch with ruthenium dial and movement, constant force remontoire and power reserve indication, Circa 2003, Estimate: HK$2,800,000 - 4,000,000 (Important Watches, 13 October)
Patek Philippe Reference 5307 A brand new platinum and diamond-set instantaneous perpetual calendar minute repeating tourbillon wristwatch with moon phases, leap year and day and night indication, Circa 2013, Estimate: HK$6,000,000 - 8,000,000 (Important Watches, 13 October)
Hermès Bleu Saphir Novillo and Bleu Marine Matte Alligator Birkin Touch 30 Gold Hardware Estimate: HK$170,000-220,000 (Handbags & Accessories, 5-19 October)
Hermès Vert Verone Swift and Osier Mini Picnic Kelly 20 Palladium Hardware, 2021 Estimate: HK$350,000-450,000 (Handbags & Accessories, 5-19 October)

This Autumn, Sotheby’s will present its first sneaker sale in Asia from 7 to 21 October. Titled "Cult Canvas", the online sale series is curated by Ryan Chang, Founder and Chief Curator of Applied Arts [] – a media company that celebrates sneakers as fine art objects. The preview at K11 MUSEA provides a sneak peek into some of the highlights, including an unreleased sample of the Nike Dunk SB Low “Yellow Lobster” from the Boston-inspired series.

Nike Dunk SB Low “Yellow Lobster” Sample. Photo credit:

Nike Dunk SB Low “Yellow Lobster” Sample
Estimate: HK$310,000 - 390,000 (Cult Canvas, 7 – 21 October)

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